From May 29th to June 2nd, the 14th edition of MUTEK will once again take up its mission to celebrate electronic music and digital creativity in its innumerable permutations, and to propel Montreal to the forefront of the international stage. A bona fide kaleidoscope for newcomers and seasoned attendees alike, the festival is proud to unveil its entire program. Imagined as a sweeping canvas teeming with colour and texture that patrons can explore over the course of the five-day festivities, MUTEK will present no less than 75 artist performances, including 13 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 4 Canadian premieres. The high calibre of projects presented this year serves as an eloquent testament that this constantly evolving creative practice has now reached stunning maturity. Always keeping pace with the latest developments in electronic music culture, the festival continues to innovate and grow in scope, most notably by proposing new experiences to its public. Among them, the program presented at the Maison Symphonique, the possibility to take in an experiential performance that’s at once musical, olfactory and savoury via One Pig – the North American premiere performance of socially conscious British artist MATTHEW HERBERT – as well as the soirée celebrating the 20th anniversary of KOMPAKT, one of the most influential and acclaimed German labels.
Having already been established in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles for many years, MUTEK continues to strengthen its presence in the area. Besides the Métropolis, the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) and the Monument-National, the festival will take over the prestigious Maison Symphonique de Montréal for the very first time. What’s more, MUTEK will set up its festival headquarters in a new space: the 5th floor of the 2-22, located at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine Streets. First unveiled in February 2012, the building will also host the daily 5 à 8 EXPERIENCE series, free of charge, from Wednesday to Saturday.
For a second consecutive year, the MUTEK festival is proud to count on the support of Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) for numerous nights, with the set up of the RBMA stage at the SAT from Thursday to Saturday, among other components. The peak of the RBMA/MUTEK partnership is expected for the festival’s final day, with the performances of PANTHA DU PRINCE & THE BELL LABORATORY and that of BUGGE WESSELTOFT & HENRIK SCHWARZ at the Maison Symphonique, as well as the closing night, world premiere performance of the Borderland project, which brings together electronic music pillars JUAN ATKINS and MORITZ VON OSWALD – pioneers of the Detroit and Berlin scenes, respectively.
Since our last announcement, MUTEK is proud to add the following international artists to its festival line-up:
1024 ARCHITECTURE [FR] / LEE GAMBLE [UK] / TOKIMONSTA [US] / DE JUEPUCHAS [CO] / BUGGE WESSELTOFT & HENRIK SCHWARZ [NO/DE]
Furthermore, 30 Canadian artists have now been confirmed for this upcoming edition:
ANDY DIXON / ATAM ONE / AUGUSTINE WRONG / CHRIS MCNAMARA / CLOUDFACE / DEAD HORSE BEATS / FÜNF / HEAR / HERMAN KOLGEN / HOBO CUBES / JESSE BRU / JESSE OSBORNE-LANTHIER / MACGUFFIN / MANUEL CHANTRE / MEMENTO MORI / MICHAEL TROMMER & NOKAMI / MICHEL PLAMONDON & CABINA OBSCURA / NICOLAS BERNIER / PHEEK / PULSES / RAMZI / ROCHE OVALE & THIERRY GAUTHIER / SLOWPITCH / STEFNY / VALENTIN STIP / VAN DID / VLOOPER / WNDFRM / YES MA’AM / ZODIACAL LIGHT
Individual tickets are on sale at: www.mutek.org/tickets. Different packages are also available to those looking to experience the festival in its entirety (Festival Passport) or by breaking it down along different itineraries.